2016-05-18 / Front Page

VFW to sell hall

Post’s fate unknown
BY STEVEN KOVAC
810-452-2684 •


Declining participation is taking its toll on the Brown City VFW. The 7,000 square foot hall at 7108 Maple Valley Road was put up for sale last week due to lack of support from the membership. Declining participation is taking its toll on the Brown City VFW. The 7,000 square foot hall at 7108 Maple Valley Road was put up for sale last week due to lack of support from the membership. BROWN CITY — After 82 years of continuous operation, Brown City’s VFW William Setter Post 2943 may fade away.

On Wed., May 4, a special meeting of the post’s 33 members in good-standing was called to decide the fate of the Maple Valley Road facility and of the organization itself.

According to Post Commander Clint Holmes, each of the 33 was contacted by letter explaining a vote would be taken at the meeting on the questions of selling the building and the possible discontinuance of the post’s charter.

“Four people showed up,” said Holmes. “Therein lies the problem. Lack of participation.”

The minutes of the meeting reflect that the four participants voted unanimously to list the property with Mike Patterson of Red Carpet Keim Realty of Sandusky, and to sell it as soon as possible.

Patterson told the News the building is readily sellable.

“It was built around 1963,” he said. “The approximately 7,000 square foot building sits on just over three acres of ground. The banquet hall can seat 450 people. There is a food service kitchen, not a food preparation kitchen, and a large separate bar area. There’s also a good-sized paved parking lot.

“They are asking $91,000. I have already had several interested parties inquiring about the property.”

“Members of the post would like to continue the organization, however, since we have been unable to even field a full roster of officers, the VFW may decide to cancel our charter,” Holmes told the News.

“If the building is sold, there are various places around Brown City where we could continue to meet, depending on the number of members that want to continue to participate.

“Unfortunately, we do not have enough active members to even continue doing the Memorial Day parade or the various cemetery programs, or to properly observe Veteran’s Day.”

Holmes said if the post were eventually disbanded, a member could possibly transfer to other posts or be designated a “Member At Large.”

Asked what would happen to the money from the sale, Holmes explained, “My understanding is the post would receive the money. We are currently chartered by the VFW and are also an independently incorporated non-profit. The funds can be held for the future and continuing operation of the post, or if the post is disbanded, the money can be donated to charity. It cannot, however, be divided among the members.

“We are working to keep the money from the sale within the community, rather than see it be sent off out of the area. We are awaiting guidance from the commander of the Michigan Department of the VFW,” said Holmes.

“The building contains some memorabilia that is on loan to the post. People wishing to have it back may contact any VFW member.

The missile on the lawn out front, along with the ceremonial rifles, are property of the United States government. Provisions are being made for their return,” said Holmes.

The post was formed in 1934 by World War I veterans.

The VFW hall is at 7108 Maple Valley Road.

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